Driver on First Hill didn’t realize he hit pedestrian, police say
Seattle police believe that a CleanScapes driver who struck and killed a pedestrian on First Hill on Thursday didn’t initially know he had hit her.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle police believe the waste-removal driver who struck and killed a pedestrian Thursday on Seattle’s First Hill didn’t initially know he had hit the woman.
The pedestrian was hit at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and James Street around 3:30 p.m.; her body was dragged about 150 feet, said police spokesman Drew Fowler. The victim was identified Friday as Rebecca A. Scollard, 42, of Seattle, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Police initially said they were looking for a hit-and-run driver. About 90 minutes after the woman was struck, a supervisor for CleanScapes showed up at the crash scene to alert police that one of its drivers may be responsible, police said.
It’s unclear when the driver realized he struck the pedestrian or when he notified his bosses.
But, Fowler said, the driver has not been arrested because investigators do not believe he drove off after knowingly hitting Scollard.
“There’s no evidence there was an intent to commit a crime,” Fowler said.
On Friday, CleanScapes posted a note on its website that read:
“Due to the ongoing investigation CleanScapes is prohibited from discussing any of the details surrounding the incident. We are fully cooperating with the authorities to assist them in gathering all of the information they need to make a determination of the cause.”
A spokesman for the company did not return several calls Friday.
The name of the CleanScapes driver has not been released.
“We know the truck, we know the driver and he is cooperating with the investigation,” Fowler said.
Fowler said investigators still have to review recordings taken from the truck’s onboard cameras. He said they are also looking into whether the pedestrian was crossing legally.
CleanScapes, in its website posting, said, “All of us at Recology CleanScapes would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the pedestrian affected by this accident.”